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    Rain falling in Seattle
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    Its often cloudy or rainy here
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    take me with you to seattle
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    Yup, it rains in Seattle!

    by Jefie Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    Rain falling in Seattle

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even though Seattle is often described as one of the rainiest cities in the US, it's not exactly true - it's not that it rains a lot, it's that it rains a little bit, almost all the time! On average, it rains over 150 days a year in Seattle, and clouds are present almost 300 days a year. Locals are so used to the rain coming and going (for it rarely rains for an extended period of time, and when it does it's mostly drizzle) that they seldom bother carrying an umbrella. However, as a visitor you're more likely to be spending time outside walking around the city and if you're not wearing proper rain gear, you might not enjoy your visit to Seattle so much. A good raincoat and waterproof shoes/boots are a must, and it's not a bad idea to stick a compact umbrella in your purse/backpack just in case. Just dress appropriately and don't let the rain stop you from enjoying Seattle!

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    The rain...

    by joits Updated Nov 23, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One of the first things that comes to mind when one hears Seattle is the rain. That reputation is well deserved. On average, Seattle only gets 50 days of clear sunny days in a whole year. That doesn't necessarily mean that it rains for the rest of the year, it just means that it can be overcast and windy as well. Still, you should always be prepared for it to rain, which can happen at any time, usually when it's most inconvenient I've noticed. So bring clothes that will keep the rain off you like light rain jackets, hats, etc.

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    Don't bring an umbrella - Really

    by Sunshine64 Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When I moved to Seattle, I got 3 or 4 umbrellas as going away gifts. In the past 4 years I've used them about once. Carrying an umbrella will immediately identify you as a tourist.
    It rarely rains hard in Seattle. Unless you have some highly sprayed hairdo, you can sometimes just ignore the mist. All you really need, even for when it's a little heavier than mist, is an all-weather/rainproof jacket with a hood.

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    Prepare for rain

    by goingsolo Written Jul 8, 2004
    Its often cloudy or rainy here

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Seattle is very casual for the most part. Restaurants that require clothing more formal than that are few and far between. It does get cold here, even in the mornings and evenings during the summer, so a jacket is a good idea. Also, don't forget raingear, even in the summer when rain is less likely but still possible.

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    Always bring a jacket!

    by wanderingbtrfly Written Feb 18, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter what month of the year you are coming in, always bring a jacket. You never know when it's going to start raining in this town, or when the weather will turn chilly. If it is late July or August, you will probably only need a light jacket- but don't quote me on that!

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    Raincoat, but no umbrella

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 9, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No one from Seattle would ever be caught dead with an umbrella and the truth is you probably won't need one anyway. It rarely pours in Seattle and normally just tends to drizzle. Bring a raincoat with a hood and you will be fine.

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    by snmred Written Sep 12, 2002

    Luggage and bags: If you have a raincoat, warm sweaters, pants, good heavy shoes that water won't soak through and lighter clothing to wear under neath it all you are set.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can bring an umbrella but to be quite honest, many natives don't even carry one anymore because it's just always drizzly and you deal with it.

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    Count on rain (9 months in a year)

    by high_d Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    take me with you to seattle

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just in case make sure you bring an umbrella or some kind of rain gear to avoid being soaked in that Seattle rain.

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